fabian oefner: dancing colors - making sound waves visible
nov 23, 2012
fabian oefner: dancing colors - making sound waves visible


fabian oefner: dancing colors – making sound waves visible
all images courtesy of the artist

 

 

 

bridging the gap between the acoustic and visual world, fabian oefner‘s ‘dancing colors’ express sound waves through explosions of colored pigments, their movement a result of music pulsing through a speaker. the swiss artist wraps the device in a thin foil of plastic and places the powder on its top surface. when the box receives a sound, the film begins vibrating, causing the colored matter to explode and shoot into the air in a symphonic manner. it is these moments – which last only a fraction of a second – that oefner captures.

fabien oefner dancing color
colored pigment is placed on speakers, the vibration of sound causing the matter to explode into the air

 

 

 

the process involves the artist attaching a microphone to the speaker, picking up sound at which point a signal is sent to a connected flash system,
triggering the lights to illuminate these ephemeral instances.

fabien oefner dancing color
the images are captured at that brief moment…

 

fabien oefner dancing color

 

fabien oefner dancing color

 

fabien oefner dancing color

 


the studio space where the images are captured and the speaker which the artist uses to trigger the pigments

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